Senate Defeats GOP Block of Immigration Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has voted down a GOP attempt to block immigration legislation offering eventual U.S. citizenship to millions of people.

The 68-30 vote overturned a procedural objection that Republicans tried to bring against the bill.

The vote came as senators worked Wednesday to remove the remaining hurdles ahead of final passage as early as Thursday.

The vote was an indication the legislation commands the backing of well over the 60 senators needed to pass the measure and send it to the House, where an uncertain future awaits.

The White House-backed measure spends tens of billions on border security while establishing a 13-year path to citizenship for 11 million people already here illegally.

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